A former sheriff’s deputy who lives in Loganville faces charges of using his job to steal drugs.
A federal grand jury indicted Antione Riggins, 40, on Sept. 24. He was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, unlawfully removing property to prevent government seizure and making false statements and documents.
Riggins worked as a Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy and was part of a federal drug task force. He allegedly stole cocaine and methamphetamine before the drugs could be secured into evidence, then lied about it.
“Riggins’ alleged theft of previously seized drugs is shocking,” Atlanta-based U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said.
Riggins served as a federally deputized task force officer with Homeland Security Investigations in 2017-18 as part of his work with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.
On Feb. 23, 2017, Homeland Security seized 3 kilograms of cocaine after a high-speed car chase and crash on Interstate 285. Riggins was responsible for transporting the cocaine to the evidence vault, but allegedly only checked in 1 kilogram and failed to secure a warrant for the arrest of the suspect, who had gotten away despite the crash.
About four months later, a Homeland Security investigation resulted in the seizure of about 6 kilograms of methamphetamine from an Atlanta hotel room. Riggins allegedly failed to check any of the drugs into evidence.
Riggins also allegedly made a fake evidence form and presented a false court order, and made two false statements to Homeland Security Investigations agents to prevent prosecutors from finding the missing drugs.